Network Alignment & Risk Management
Post-acute care constitutes the diverse array of follow-up healthcare services to patients after the acute in-patient encounter. As the healthcare industry moves towards a more integrated delivery model (e.g. ACOs, bundled payments, etc.), creating a dynamic and collaborative care continuum will become more and more valuable to both patients and healthcare providers. Developing and refining these relationships across the patient care continuum can help deliver 1) improved population health; 2) a better patient experience; and 3) reduce healthcare costs.
Alignment of Post-Acute Care Can:
With the U.S. population aging, the number of people receiving post-acute care is expected to increase rapidly. For example, the number of patients receiving home health services increased by almost 10% in 2010. Given the clinical complexity and the frequency with which they transition between medical settings, these repeat patients are particularly vulnerable and costly to our health system.
Our post-acute care alignment consultants assist clients in evaluating their current post-acute care strategy and network to assess how effective it is in improving outcomes, lowering costs (through reducing average length of stay [ALOS] in the acute setting and curbing re-admissions), and reducing leakage of patients outside of the hospital’s network. We then design a plan to execute this strategy, and our experts ensure an organized and results-driven post-acute care implementation to provide a more streamline patient care continuum.